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2009: The Year in Review

Jan 6, 2010 - In 2009, primary care and family physicians garnered the attention of the nation as health care reform efforts and the influenza A (H1N1) virus vied for headlines across the country.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100106year-in-review.html

2011: The Year in Review

Jul 25, 2012 - This is the topic page for AAFP News Now's 2011: The Year in Review coverage.

AAFP News : 2011: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2011-year-in-review.html

2014 NCSC Delegates Debate Issues Vital to Physicians, Patients

May 7, 2014 - National Conference of Special Constituency delegates gathered in Kansas City, Mo., May 1-3 to write, debate and vote on a number of resolutions related to medical practice and patient health.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140507ncsc-practenhance-advoc.html

2016 Advocacy Agenda: Four Things to Know

Jan 19, 2016 - Four key issues stand out on the Academy's advocacy agenda for 2016: influencing the implementation of the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act; meaningful use; reducing administrative complexity; and aligning payers' quality and performance measures.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_advocacy_agenda_four_things.html

2016 Election: Dates to Remember

Jan 5, 2016 - On Nov. 8, American voters will elect a new president and vice president, 469 members of Congress and a dozen governors. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some important dates to remember.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/2016_election_dates_to_remember.html

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

Nov 26, 2014 - A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_day_on_the_hill.html

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

May 18, 2012 - A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_meaningful_discussion_about_meaningful.html

A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

Jan 6, 2015 - A New Year, a New Congress and New Opportunities for Family Medicine

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/a_new_year_a_new.html

AAFP Argues for Extended 90-day MU Reporting Period

Mar 18, 2016 - As the meaningful use program winds down, the AAFP is telling CMS it should maintain flexibility in the program's reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160318mu90days.html

AAFP Backs Bill to Grant Forbearance on MU Penalties

Nov 11, 2015 - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has sponsored the Meaningful Use Relief Act that would allow CMS to grant a blanket hardship exception for eligible health professionals who cannot attest to meaningful use stage two for 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111muletter.html

AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

AAFP Calls Out CMS on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Jun 2, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP argued aggressively for physician-friendly meaningful use stage three rules. The Academy specifically pressed for a delay in stage three implementation until the nation's transition to value-based payment was on firmer ground.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150602mu3letter.html

AAFP Continues Rigorous Oversight of New Payment Model Details

Dec 20, 2016 - The AAFP continues to keep a close eye on details associated with new payment models related to CMS' Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161220macrafinalcomment.html

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

May 27, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP continued to push for rules that would help family physician succeed in the agency's meaningful use programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527mu2.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.html

AAFP Delegates Wrestle With Needs of Older Physicians, Rural Practices

Sep 25, 2013 - Delegates to the 2013 Congress of Delegates in San Diego voted Sept. 24 to safeguard access to quality health care for all by investigating how best to serve the interests of the nation's older family physicians, as well as those in solo or small practices, especially in rural areas.

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130925codadvocacy0.html

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

Jul 17, 2015 - The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150717auditanswers.html

AAFP Dissects, Responds to CMS' Proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Sep 4, 2013 - After careful review of CMS' proposed 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule in the July 19 Federal Register, the AAFP has provided a thorough response to pieces of the proposal that most strongly affect family physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130904aafprespmpfs.html

AAFP Expends Huge Effort to Shape New Payment System

Nov 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently submitted detailed responses to 126 questions as part of a CMS request for information on how to implement new payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151117macrarfi.html

AAFP Expertise on EHRs Guides ONC

Jun 8, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a federal request for information regarding how best to measure progress on interoperability of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160608interoperability.html

AAFP Fires Off Recommended Changes to 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Sep 2, 2015 - After scouring the proposed 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule for items that affect family physicians, the AAFP fired off a letter to CMS calling for a number of improvements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150902feeschedule.html

AAFP Guides ONC Toward Solutions to Problematic Health IT Certification Issues

May 5, 2014 - The AAFP continues to work to ease family physicians' transition to -- and efficient use of -- electronic health records, and that work includes constant vigilance regarding federal rules and regulations promulgated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140505oncehercertltr.html

AAFP Helps FPs Weather Payment, Practice Management Issues

Jan 4, 2016 - In 2015, the AAFP devoted much time and energy to ensuring that family physicians are paid appropriately for the work they do.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160104pracadvyear.html

AAFP Joins Dozens of Physician Groups Urging CMS to Halt ICD-10 Implementation

Jan 4, 2013 - On Dec. 20, an AMA-inspired letter signed by the AAFP and nearly 40 other national physician organizations was sent to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., with a simple but firm request: Stop implementation of the ICD-10-CM code sets for outpatient diagnosis coding. The ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130104stopicd10.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

Apr 24, 2018 - More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180424mipsreporting.html

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104hillvisit.html

AAFP NRN Plays Key Role in Upgrading Health Literacy Toolkit

Apr 17, 2015 - To help physicians better communicate with their patients about health information, the AAFP National Research Network helped update the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20150417literacytoolkit.html

AAFP President Pledges 'Honest, Best Effort' Toward Better Future for FPs

Sep 22, 2016 - Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., addressed his colleagues during the 2016 Family Medicine Experience opening ceremony.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/20160922fmxopening.html

AAFP President Tells Senators How EHRs Help, Hurt Physicians

Mar 19, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., of Milford, Neb., testified this week before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee about electronic health records.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150319werginsenate.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.html

AAFP Provides New, Updated Resources to Help Members Navigate Payment Programs, ...

Nov 6, 2012 - The past year saw a multitude of practice and payment initiatives released across the United States. Many of these initiatives directly affect family physicians' practices, leaving FPs with a number of questions that the AAFP is working to answer. The Academy wants to ensure family ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121106pracresources.html

AAFP Pushes for Revisions, Easing of Regulatory Burden

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP's response to CMS' 2018 inpatient payment proposal covered a variety of topics important to family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170616ipps.html

AAFP Savors Successes Achieved in Final OPPS Rule

Nov 28, 2016 - CMS addressed some key AAFP concerns in the recently released final rule covering the 2017 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20161128oppsfinalrule.html

AAFP Scrutinizes Proposed Rule, Recommends Changes for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee ...

Aug 18, 2010 - The Academy recently sent a detailed list of comments to CMS regarding the agency's proposed rule for the 2011 Medicare physician fee schedule, which was published in the July 13 Federal Register. In a July 28 letter addressed to CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., the Academy ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100818feescheduleresponse.html

AAFP Seizes Momentum, Articulates MACRA Vision for Family Medicine

Apr 19, 2016 - The AAFP conveyed to CMS key recommendations for implementation of MACRA that would help ensure success.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160419MACRArecommendations.html

AAFP Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

Jun 19, 2019 - In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

AAFP Shifts Health IT Focus from Implementation to Optimization

Jul 25, 2014 - The AAFP has announced a shift in its health information technology focus from implementation of electronic health records to optimization of the technology -- welcome to the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20140725alliance-ehealth.html

AAFP Suggests Delaying, Reining in Meaningful Use Stage Three Requirements

Jan 15, 2013 - The AAFP recently called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to delay implementation of meaningful use stage three requirements until at least 2017 and to delay or eliminate all penalty provisions. In a frank comment letter dated Jan. 10 and...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130115mustage3ltr.html

AAFP Takes Credit for Progress Made in CMS' Proposed Rule

Jul 13, 2016 - After repeated legislative and advocacy efforts by the AAFP, CMS has made changes in a proposed rule that will benefit family physicians.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160713oppsrule.html

AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

Nov 10, 2015 - AAFP to Congress: Primary Care Plays Vital Role in Mental Health

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_to_congress_primary_care.html

AAFP Urges Congress to End Government Shutdown

Oct 7, 2013 - The AAFP is urging Congress to pass a continuing resolution to end a federal government shutdown that has put the health of the public at risk and threatens to derail health care access for millions of Americans.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131007govtshutdown.html

AAFP Urges HHS to Pause, Refocus, Streamline MU Program

Dec 2, 2015 - After publication of the final meaningful use rule, the AAFP wasted no time letting CMS know that the program is in trouble and needs a course correction.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151202mu3letter.html

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

Mar 22, 2018 - The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

AAFP Urges Review, Rewrite of Portions of Proposed Rule

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a CMS proposed rule that would modify Medicare's 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system and more.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160831oppsletter.html

AAFP Works to Resolve Members' Practice Management Issues in 2010

Jan 6, 2011 - In 2009, family physicians learned that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide bonuses for physician practices that incorporated the meaningful use of electronic health records, or EHRs. However, physicians and the AAFP were left scratching their heads about just what ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110106yrinrev.html

AAFP, AMA Lead Call for Rollback of Outdated Program Penalties

Apr 3, 2017 - The AAFP signed on to a letter with nearly 90 other organizations asking CMS for relief from penalties related to programs enacted prior to passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170403reliefletter.html

AAFP, Family Physicians Embraced New Ideas, Fought Through Regulations

Jan 5, 2015 - 2014 marked a year of progress for America's family physicians as they embraced practice innovations and fought back against cumbersome regulations.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150105yir-practprof.html

AAFP, Other Groups Approve Guidelines for Standardization of PCMH Recognition Programs

Feb 16, 2011 - As the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, model of health care gains prominence in the United States, a number of entities are developing or offering medical home recognition or accreditation programs.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110216pcmhaccredguidelines.html

AAFP, Other Groups Urge HHS to Modify Meaningful Use Timelines, Requirements

Feb 26, 2014 - Dozens of physician, hospital, health information technology and other stakeholder organizations that are invested in their members' successful completion of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs took a united stand recently in asking HHS to modify ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140226mutimelineltr.html

AAFP, Other Physician Organizations Slam HHS, CMS for Policy Change

Dec 21, 2010 - The AAFP has joined the AMA and more than four dozen national physician specialty organizations -- as well as medical associations from every state and the District of Columbia -- in urging HHS to put pressure on CMS to revise its electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, penalty ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20101221eprescribpenalities.html

AAFP, Others Urge Timeline Tweaks, Flexibility in EHR Incentive Programs

Sep 23, 2014 - The AAFP and 16 other health care organizations recently sent a letter to HHS asking for flexibility in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs to keep physicians and hospitals from dropping out.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140923hhsflexltr.html

AAFP's Annual Meeting Offers Plenty to 'Experience' in Denver

Sep 15, 2015 - Thousands of family physicians will gather two weeks from today in Denver for an opportunity to learn, network, and have fun at the AAFP's Family Medicine Experience (FMX). AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some of what is to come ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/aafp_s_annual_meeting_offers.html

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

May 15, 2019 - In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

Academy Leaders Respond to Member Concerns About AAFP Actions, Resources During Town ...

May 9, 2011 - A question about the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, or RUC, and what the AAFP is doing to address the RUC's shortcomings led off a spirited exchange of queries, comments and ideas between AAFP members and leaders during the May 6 Town Hall meeting at the ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110509alfncsctownhall.html

Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

Mar 19, 2014 - Academy Tools Could Ease EHR Burdens

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/academy_tools_could_ease_ehr.html

Academy Working to Address 'Asinine' EHR Issues

Sep 29, 2015 - AAFP officers answered questions on a wide range of issues -- including electronic health records and physician payment -- during a Town Hall meeting Sept. 27 in Denver.

AAFP News : News From 2015 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2015-congress-fmx/20150929codtownhall1.html

After Hitting the Wall, How Do I Bounce Back?

Jan 23, 2017 - Kimberly Becher, M.D., writes that just three years out of residency she already is experiencing symptoms of burnout, but she has some ideas about how new physicians can cope.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/after_hitting_the_wall_how.html

Basic EHR Use Rising, but Data-sharing, Patient Engagement Lag Behind

Aug 22, 2014 - Adoption of electronic health records among physicians in all specialties continues to increase steadily, with family physicians leading the way. According to a recent Health Affairs study, however, health information exchange between institutions and engaging patients through ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140822healthaffehrstudy.html

Better EHRs Vital to Value-based Care, AAFP Tells ONC

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP's latest feedback to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability addressed real-world clinical challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190204oncletter.html

Bipartisan Proposal From House, Senate Would Repeal SGR

Nov 6, 2013 - The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees have released a bipartisan, bicameral proposal that would repeal the broken sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with alternative payment models more aligned with quality of care, including the patient-centered medical ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20131106sgrrepeal.html

Blackwelder: It's a Good Time to Be a Family Physician

Sep 26, 2013 - Regardless of the challenges, family physicians are leading the way in transforming the U.S. health care system. That's according to newly installed AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., of Kingsport, Tenn., who spoke to his family physician colleagues here on Sept. 25 during the ...

AAFP News : News From 2013 Annual Assembly

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-cod-assembly/20130926opensessprez.html

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians

Apr 8, 2015 - In a recent letter, the AAFP told CMS that meaningful use audits are unreasonable, create an administrative burden and take family physicians away from patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150408muaudit.html

Certified EHRs Drive Incentive Payment Program

Apr 1, 2011 - One of the basic components of the federal government's incentive program for adopting health information technology is a funny little term: meaningful use. To receive the incentives, physicians have to adopt a system that ensures they can apply meaningful use criteria to their use of ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401certifiedehrs.html

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

Oct 4, 2013 - Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/challenges_hope_for_small_practices.html

Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

Apr 25, 2014 - Changing the Conversation: What Would It Take to Make Using Our EHRs Truly Meaningful?

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/changing_the_conversation_what_would.html

CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline

Dec 11, 2013 - CMS has proposed a new timeline for implementation of meaningful use for its Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, but family physicians still need to stay on task with meaningful use stage two preparations, according to Jason Mitchell, M.D., the AAFP's ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211mutwodeadline.html

CMS Clarifies Flexibility on Meaningful Use Exceptions

Feb 24, 2016 - CMS recently clarified some issues regarding meaningful use hardship exceptions, attestation, bonus payments and penalties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160224hardshipexception.html

CMS Expands Hardship Exemptions for E-Prescribing in Attempt to Fix Program Overlap

Aug 10, 2012 - Many physicians got stung by the 1 percent electronic prescribing penalty for 2012. We don't want to repeat that experience in 2013, noted Jason Mitchell, M.D., assistant director for the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reference to news that HHS recently proposed adding two more ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120810erx-hardshipexempt.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

Compassion, Imagination and Belief Inspired 2017 FPOY

Sep 23, 2016 - Karen Smith, M.D., has been named the 2017 Family Physician of the Year. A longtime rural practitioner, Smith says she is driven by the power of touch -- physical, emotional and spiritual.

AAFP News : News From 2016 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2016-congress-fmx/20160923fpoysmith.html

Congress Must Block Payment Cuts, Say AAFP, Other Health Care Groups

Sep 17, 2012 - The AAFP has joined with more than 120 other health care organizations in calling on Congress to pass legislation that would block Medicare physician payment cuts scheduled to take effect in early January as a result of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and the Budget Control ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20120917sequestrationltr.html

Congress Simplifies MU Hardship Exemption Process

Dec 22, 2015 - Congress has passed a bill would allow CMS to review meaningful use hardship exemption applications faster until March 15, 2016.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151222muexemption.html

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

Jun 24, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

Deadline to Request Hardship Exemptions From Medicare's 2011 e-Prescribing Incentive ...

Sep 7, 2011 - Family physicians planning to submit requests for hardship exemptions from the 2011 Medicare electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, incentive program have an extra month to do so, according to Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT, in reaction to the Aug. ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110907eprescribedeadline.html

Developers of Meaningful Use Criteria Not Clued In to Needs of Users

Apr 1, 2011 - Our small group practice participates -- reluctantly -- in Medicare, and since we were early adopters of EHR technology, we currently meet about 85 percent to 90 percent of the meaningful use criteria all the way through to Stage 3.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-falkoff.html

Direct Exchange of Health Care Information Fuels Meaningful Use Stage Two

Dec 11, 2013 - Family physicians have been front-line adopters of electronic health record (EHR) technology for the past decade, so it's no surprise that many FPs are ready, able and willing to push forward with the meaningful use of those EHRs as directed by CMS and the Office of the National ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211directexchangeinterview.html

Diverse Panel Discusses Past, Present, Future of Health IT

Feb 8, 2016 - Panelists at a recent event discussed challenges linked to achieving health care connectivity, including primary care physicians' frustration with electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160208brookingsconnect.html

Don't Miss July 1 Cutoff to Apply for EHR Hardship Exception

Jun 17, 2016 - Family physicians have until July 1 to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception and avoid a 3 percent Medicare penalty in 2017.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160617muexception.html

Dozens of Organizations Express Meaningful Use Concerns

Sep 24, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations have asked HHS and the Office of Management and Budget to pause work on implementation of meaningful use stage three.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150924mu3letters.html

EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

Jan 23, 2013 - The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130123wirecpaper.html

EHR Adoption Rate Among Family Physicians Continues to Climb

Feb 1, 2013 - Family physicians continue to outpace other office-based physicians when it comes to adopting electronic health records (EHRs), according to new research published in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Authors of the study, titled The Rise of Electronic Health ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130201ehradoptrates.html

EHR and Health IT Toolbox

Apr 1, 2011 - As the drive to fully implement electronic health records, or EHRs, and health information technology, or health IT, continues in the United States -- spurred, in large part, by the federal government's increasing focus on the issue -- a number of organizations, including the AAFP, have...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrtoolbox.html

EHR Certification Methods Fail Physicians, Patients

Jan 27, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations and related stakeholders asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to change the way electronic health record systems are certified.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150127EHRcert.html

EHR Funding is Great, But the Devil's in the Unintended Consequences

Apr 1, 2011 - I think it's wonderful that the government is trying to move physicians to EHR technology by rewarding them financially for meaningful use. However, I'm not sure the program's carrot-and-stick approach -- with incentives for those who become meaningful users and, eventually, penalties ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-cahn.html

EHR Incentive Money Not Worth Participating in Medicare Again

Apr 1, 2011 - I practice with two other family physicians in an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary therapies. I've had an EHR since 2006. But I won't get any government money for meaningful use because I don't participate in Medicare (or any other insurance, ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-steinmetz.html

EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

EHRs Leaving Big Footprint on U.S. Health Care, Says Agency

Jul 17, 2013 - More hospitals and physicians than ever before are using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve the health of U.S. patients, according to a July 17 press release from CMS. The agency said new data show patients benefit when health care professionals use EHRs. CMS also noted that ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20130717muattestation.html

EHRs Prompt Better Uptake of Preventive Services, Help Track Patients' Progress

Apr 1, 2011 - When it comes down to it, the chief motivation behind the health care industry's move to adopt health information technology, or health IT, is really very simple: patients. Give them better, safer care that they can afford to access.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401ehrclinical.html

EHRs Represent the 'Widgetization' of Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 - I've been on an EHR for six years and totally paperless for at least three. I think the primary target of the meaningful use money isn't doctors like me, who already have EHRs, but doctors who don't, to induce them to start.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-granat.html

EHRs Spur Fundamental Changes in Medicine, but Questions Persist About Overall ...

Apr 17, 2013 - Chris Tashjian, M.D., has been a family physician for the past 25 years and has spent most of his career practicing in a paper-driven medical environment. In that paper-based world, Tashjian says he was forced to practice reactive medicine, responding to the needs and concerns of his ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130417ehrprocon.html

Even With Support Staff, Meaningful Use Is Still Too Much Work

Apr 1, 2011 - We're on a meaningful use-certified EHR here at our university's health services, and we participate in Medicare for our retired staff members and their families. We already meet some of the meaningful use requirements, too. But are we going for the incentive money? The answer is no.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-collins.html

Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

Feb 2, 2016 - Family Medicine: The Force Awakens

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/family_medicine_the_force_awakens.html

Family Physicians Embraced Health IT, Worked Through Challenges, Cheered Success

Jan 2, 2014 - Although 2013 was a tumultuous year for everyone involved in health care, physicians in particular were challenged to keep up with a revolving door of federal regulations, deadlines, extensions of those same deadlines, and a myriad of new experiences with practice and payment methods.

AAFP News : 2013: The Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2013-year-in-review/20140102yirpractproissues.html

Family Physicians Find Regional Extension Centers a Mixed Bag

Dec 15, 2011 - The establishment of regional extension centers, or RECs, in 2010 was widely seen as an opportunity for physicians, including family physicians, to more quickly and effectively adopt health information technology, or health IT, and use it in a meaningful way. The reality, however, is ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20111215recstories.html

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Family Physicians Raced to Keep Pace With Practice Changes, Regulations

Jan 2, 2013 - Family physicians saw some doors swing open in 2012 as major players in America's health care system set to work planning for implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A variety of new payment models -- primarily designed to benefit primary care physicians ...

AAFP News : 2012: Year in Review

https://www.aafp.org/news/2012-year-in-review/20130102yirpracmgt.html

FDA to Require Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packages, Tobacco Ads

Nov 12, 2010 - Smokers will be starkly confronted with the potential consequences of their habit every time they buy a pack of cigarettes under the terms of an FDA proposed rule published Nov. 12 in the Federal Register. Every pack will become a mini-billboard that tells the truth about smoking, FDA ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20101112fda-cigwarnings.html

Federal Budget Deal Brings Wins for Family Medicine

Feb 13, 2018 - The Bipartisan Budget Act brings needed support for many AAFP priorities that will help family physicians and the nearly 200 million patients they care for.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180213federalbudget.html

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